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No surprise life has sped up even more since 1982’s Koyaanisqatsi, says director Reggio at Jihlava 2014

30-10-2014 15:35 | Ian Willoughby

'Koyaanisqatsi', photo: archive of Jihlava international festival of documentary films The Jihlava festival, which came to a close on Tuesday, is the biggest event of the year in Czech documentary film. In this report, we speak to some of the most interesting guests at the 2014 edition, including Godfrey Reggio, maker of the ground-breaking 1980s film Koyaanisqatsi, main prize winner Martin Dušek and young Czech-Vietnamese filmmaker Dužan Duong.   More

Current Affairs

Sobotka joins criticism of Zeman’s use of plane owned by richest Czech

30-10-2014 15:33 | Ian Willoughby

Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK Eyebrows were raised when the Czech president, Miloš Zeman, returned from a state visit to China not on a government plane but on a private jet hired by the Czech Republic’s richest man, Petr Kellner. Now Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has entered the fray, describing the head of state’s decision as a “political mistake”.   More

Czech Republic still struggling with gender equality issues

30-10-2014 15:33 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Tomáš Adamec The World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Equality report which reflects the changing patterns of gender equality around the world has seen the Czech Republic slip to 96th place on a ladder of 142 countries. Its present ranking, below countries such as Russia and Uganda, has raised concern and highlighted the fact that progress on gender equality issues has be slow and inadequate.   More

Marketplace

Prague’s Ironing Ladies: Providing work from home for disadvantaged women

29-10-2014 16:35 | Jan Velinger

Photo: The official Facebook page of the Ironing Ladies Jan Roháč and Martin Jůza are the co-founders of Ironing Ladies, a project launched over a year ago employing women part-time who (for health reasons or the care of disabled family members) otherwise find it impossible to hold down a regular job. The...  More

Current Affairs

President Zeman awards state decorations on Czechoslovakia Independence Day

29-10-2014 15:22 | Jan Richter

Miloš Zeman and Nicholas Winton, photo: ČTK Czech President Miloš Zeman bestowed state decorations on more than 30 personalities on Tuesday, on the occasion of Czechoslovakia Independence Day. Among the recipients of the awards were Sir Nicholas Winton, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and former...  More

Growing public anger against munitions storage facility in wake of blast

29-10-2014 16:00 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: isifa / MAFRA / Zdeněk Němec Almost a fortnight after a devastating explosion at a munitions depot in Vrbětice, south Moravia, pyrotechnics teams are still struggling to bring the situation under control. Live munitions scattered about the site have been triggering further explosions...  More

Special

The deep scars of the Cold War: Victoria Dougherty draws on own family’s dramatic history for The Bone Church

28-10-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Victoria Dougherty, photo: Ian Willoughby In the profile on her blog site, Victoria Dougherty writes that she comes from “the ultimate Cold War family”, a description it would be hard to disagree with. In this special programme, the author, who lived in Prague in the early 1990s, discusses their dramatic, sometime heart-wrenching stories – and how her grandparents’ experiences helped inform her novel The Bone Church.  More

Special

Spotlight on proton therapy as cancer patient Ashya King departs Prague

27-10-2014 16:09 | Dominik Jůn

Ashya King, photo: CTK Five-year-old British brain cancer patient Ashya King has just completed a six week stint at the Proton Therapy Centre in Prague. His case caught the attention of the world, with stories of parental abduction, imprisonment and finally, a promising new kind of radiotherapy undertaken in the Czech Republic. Doctors say the treatment has been successful, and now the boy has returned to Spain for further medical procedures.   More

Sports News

Sports News

27-10-2014 15:22 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: In tennis, Petra Kvitová slips one spot in world rankings after her elimination from WTA Finals; Sparta Prague closes in on Plzeň in domestic league, and first Czech pilot claims podium in Red Bull Air Race.  More

Sunday Music Show

Mandrage – a popular pop-rock band from Plzen

26-10-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Bandzone profile of the band Mandrage is a Czech band which is not easy to place: its music has been described as soft-rock, pop-rock, punk-rock and it has recently been experimenting with electronics. Some critics find it hard to digest but since its formation in 2004 it has been gathering momentum and has built-up a dedicated fan-base.   More

SoundCzech

To catch the nightjars

25-10-2014 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Nightjar, photo: Dûrzan cîrano, CC BY-SA 3.0 Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the famous singer-songwriter Karel Plíhal. The song is called Lelek and the phrase to listen out for is chytat lelky:   More

Magazine

Magazine

25-10-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: František Tichý In Magazine: three thieves manage to steal a 300m freight train, an artillery grenade hidden in the base of a statue turns out to be a time capsule, ornithologists report sighting a black-and-white blackbird and a foreign visitor gets fined for directing...  More

Arts

Exhibition explores elements of punk in architecture

24-10-2014 16:01 | Jan Richter

Tea Room by H3T studio, photo: archive of Jaroslav Fragner Gallery Punk as an artistic style is usually associated with music and fashion but Prague’s Jaroslav Fragner Gallery now explores punk elements in architecture. The exhibition, featuring structures built over the span of five centuries, looks as what elements...  More

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